How often do you notice a skirting board, or comment on how beautiful a light fitting is? Probably not often. These features are not exactly the most prominent parts of a room, nor do they usually inspire much interest. But for the Senate House development, every detail – no matter how small – must be carefully considered to ensure it is in-keeping with the heritage and style of the building.
Senate House and its unmistakable facade was the vision of a quietly ambitious, Bolton-born architect called Charles Holden. Without him, the famous library might have looked quite paltry by comparison. In fact Holden’s initial vision for the University of London in 1931 was for something even bigger – a colossal structure with towers at both ends and a long central spine adjoined by a number of wings. The University turned